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Published: 11:52 | 27/3/16

Milner to consider England retirement


Liverpool midfielder James Milner says he will consider his international future after England's Euro 2016 campaign in France this summer.

The 30-year-old made his international debut in 2009 against the Netherlands, in a squad that included Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Frank Lampard and David Beckham, but now finds himself as a member of the England old guard when Roy Hodgson's side face the Dutch at Wembley on Tuesday.

Milner is encouraged by the progression of new faces Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane, but admits the new talent may help hasten his own international retirement.

"I have been in four tournaments and built up a lot of caps and a lot of experience. Travelling around now I can help the younger guys. It's beneficial for a younger guy to come in and travel around," Milner said.

"That's a conversation I will have with the manager and see where he sees me and if I am going to take on a lesser role it is probably better for someone else to step up.

"I don't want to be travelling around and not really contributing and being a good tourist. I want to contribute and if the manager sees I have a part to play then great and if not it is better for me to set aside and let younger guys travel around."

Milner has won 57 caps for his country, in part due to a versatility that has seen him feature at left-back, right-back, in central and wide midfield and as a makeshift striker for Liverpool

"I think you can see both sides,' he replied when asked if his career had suffered because of it.

"I think playing in one position helps you play your best football, you are going out there every week and you are playing - whether it is out wide or in the middle - in a partnership and you get used to that.

"The more you do something the more comfortable you are and you are going to get better and better. Playing in different positions has probably helped my understanding of the game more and made me a more rounded player."

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